Casey, Your Knees Will Not Stop You!

I feel for Casey Neistat, I actually do. According to his latest video: His left knee creaks when he kneels. Presumably it is more noticeable when he runs. So he is concerned that he may never be able to run again.

I gave up running about 2 years ago, at least for long distances, because of multiple injuries suffered over the last 30-ish years. Casey, here is my list of injuries. They are why I feel for you.

1. I shattered my right knee in a silly accident 12 months ago. Stretched the ACL close to tearing. Took 6 months to fully recover, and now I feel it daily. So I know that pain. Condition as of August 2017.

Severely Sprained Ankle2. Multiple injuries in a freak accident in 2011. Not for the squeamish.

  • Left arm: Fracture, underside, close to elbow.
  • Right arm: Wrist strained & cutup from impact with bitumen
  • Left leg: Knee slashed, looked like needing stitches, instead has largest band-aid
  • Right leg: Ankle so heavily strained suspected broken. apparently not, yet swollen so bad that it looked like someone had shoved a hard-boiled egg down my leg.
  • Face: Right side battered, bruised and embedded with bits of bitumen.

3. I broke both arms in a freak bicycle accident in 1992. Took 2 weeks to get out of my hospital because the doctors wanted me to be independent in the bathroom… you get the picture.

4. In 1990-ish I lacerated the rear of my right ankle severely on a metal bike-pedal. Had both pedals replaced with plastic within months. The ankles were strapped to stop movement to stop the continuous bleeding when I walked. Took a few weeks to recover.

Tubes of Green5. In 1985, whilst holidaying in Queensland, we visited Wet’n’Wild. It was a lot different back then.
Anyhow, I was ‘travelling’ on a water-ride called the “White Water Rapids of Colorado”. Riders straddled large inner-tubes and endured fast-moving water on a slide that had multiple rock-shaped bumps at corners all along. Half-way-down a bunch of nitwits had joined arms and tubes to form a barrier – for whatever dumb reason. I was the first to hit the barrier. Accounts say my tube went flying over the edge of the slide. I continued the rest of the journey on my knees.
These days those rides have the last 20-metres of the tube in the water when it ends. Back when I did this, the tubes ended ABOVE the water. When I left the tube, I dropped about half-a-metre into the water. My right knee shattered instantly when it hit the bottom of the pool. My grandparents had no idea how bad my injury was. After much-too-much persistence, I was driven to Brisbane hospital … on the day the doctors went on strike. Flown to Canberra. Doctor’s strike started the day I got there. Flown to Adelaide. Doctor’s strike started the day I got there. Back to Murray Bridge hospital whose doctor’s decided my knee was far more important. Was on crutches for part of my last year of High School. Not many people remember it. Thankfully I recovered. The memory of having 8 large syringes of plasma removed my football-sized knee will never disappear. Nor will the beautiful TAA hostesses who treated me like a king in my wheelchair on every flight.

Casey, you are going to be OK.

You continue to inspire every content-creator on Youtube: You have so many abilities that not-running won’t stop you. Oh, and I am 12 years your senior. It hasn’t stopped me. I walk a lot, almost everywhere, and still manage to create content. Just not weekly like you do now.

If my readers haven’t seen Casey’s YouTube video showing his fear of never running again, here it is.

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Persistence + Perseverance + Perspiration = Walking Again

See my right knee?
It’s the one on the left.

I’m standing on it.

It still aches, particularly after walking on a rocky beach from the Kingscote Jetty to the bird-house at Reeves Points, then up 75° incline – with my amazing 5yo son Jai alongside me, my Canon 7D and new zoom lens. I shot some amazing shots, some of them without Jai in them.

It still aches because about 55 weeks ago it somehow collapsed under me for no easy-to-explain reason. I stood at the kitchen sink of our Adelaide home with 1yo Aidan in my arms, went to turn right – and my knee basically slipped to the left side of my leg, stretching ligaments and hurting so bad that Aidan’s (still sitting in the nook of my left arm) eyes bulged out from the naughty words I screamed. Holy mo…. you get the picture. But I thought of him, and twisted my leg to the left – because I knew I was going to collapse BUT I DIDNT WANT TO FALL ONTO HIM. The knee then twisted around to the right side of my leg. I fell, no I collapsed. Aidan was bawling his eyes out.

But me, despite the fuc… intense pain, I started pulling my pants down. I’ve done some seriously bad injuries to my knees, ankles, elbows, and hips in many stupid stupid accidents over the last 30 years. I knew the parademics were going to cut my pants off. But I liked those denims, I didn’t want to lose them. (I did.) But I really had to know how bad it was.

Fargnl. I screamed for everyone – who were out in the shed doing something. Probably making bee boxes for LSBeez Kangaroo Island Honey. I didn’t care. Jai arrived first. I yelled at him to get mummy. Know what he did first? Got me a towel to put under my leg.  

Then Sarah (my wife) and Lynne (my MIL) arrived. I did not care that my jocks were on show. My right knee was expanding – and only I knew how bad the injury was.

But I was lucky. Sarah knows why and how I break so easily. She rang for an ambulance. I sat on kitchen floor, ice on knee, waiting. 40mins later it arrived.

Ambulance took me to Flinders Hospital.

We ramped behind 4 other amb’s for about 3 hours. 

Then I got a bed, a vomit bag filled with ice chips to hold on my knee … and the doctor arrived around midnight. The accident happened around 4.30pm.

There’s much more to the story. 

But my knee works again. I walk just fine. I was still limping from thr injuries when I first arrived on KI in Feb 2017. I don’t think any of you would know if I didn’t tell you.

Persistence. 

Perseverance. 

Perspiration.

I may not have a paying job right now. But I know what it means to fail and succeed.

Photos from today can wait. My knee aches.

/ Originally written for Facebook. But go so long I decided it needed bigger audience!

Looking Back: 10 Years of Blogging on WordPress

Sometimes it’s good to look back in time to where we began blogging. I started blogging way back in the early 00’s (that’s 2000, not 1900!), first on Geocities, then I moved over to Blogger, and now I have been on WordPress since 2006!

Here are a few of mine articles from way back then:

Hope that intrigued you. It’s always good for me: I enjoy reminiscing on times before I attained Vertigo back in 2012. I somehow lost both good and bad life-memories because of it. Thinkin’ I should do this more often, for each year online.

[UPDATE] Whilst editing my archives on Sunday afternoon I discovered I have written similar articles over the last 15 months. This one – Ten Years on WordPress – is a little more comprehensive.
Oops. Yet I will let both articles remain independent. At least now I can easily search and find the articles (because I have added more #tags), therefore won’t do it again until my fifteenth and twentieth year of blogging!
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Postscript: The following two photos were photographed on Kangaroo Island back in 2005(ish), shot with a Canon 400D and a stock lens.
The first is from the top of Prospect Hill. It has been closed for the last few years due to weathering of the steps up the dunes.
The second is on the Penneshaw grass just up from the SeaLink jetty.
If you have been to KI, you will know the places.

Vanishing Point

Heli-Landing

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The Sound of Silence

This is the original version of ‘The Sound of Silence‘ from 1964 from the album ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 AM’: Just Simon’s guitar and the vocals.

After ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 AM‘ flopped, they split up.

Without either of their knowledge, both electric guitars and drums were added and this version of The Sound of Silence became very popular, reaching #1 on the charts in America on New Years Day, 1966.

Because of this, Simon and Garfunkel teamed up again and created three more studio albums, one of which one a Grammy award for album of the year and song of the year (Bridge Over Troubled Water).

Information garnered from YouTube comments, relevant links added. Why? Because I love this song, I will be including in my radio-show one Friday soon on 5KIxFM Kangaroo Island Community Radio. Listen out for it.

25 Years of Musician Photography

Check out my photographs of Australian musicians at the 1992 Adelaide Grand Prix.

These were photographed at my first concert, shooting with my first SLR, in 1992.

I purchased a body (brand forgotten), telephoto lens, and a 40 rolls of 36 film somewhere in Adelaide – I think I had to hock something to pay for it all. Then I shot the lot in one day, despite the costs!

In the late 1990‘s I scanned the negatives and saved to 3.5inch floppy discs.

In the early 2000‘s, I dug up those discs and converted all that I could to CD.

In 2008 I found those CD’s, and in 2010 I found them again in my archives – and put them onto my flickr gallery

Finally, the negatives were found in early 2017 during a shed-cleanup.

Sometime this year I will have them rescanned, manipulated, saved, and archived again…

Jimmy and Johnny Rocking Hard, Adelaide GrandPrix Concert

360° View of Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

I never expected standing in the middle of the road to shoot a video would make it so popular. Yet I am glad that I can, and that you like that I can! 

Not making sense? Here is the my early morning 360° video of the thriving metropolis of Kingscote on Kangaroo Island!

Because you all liked it so much, I will be shooting more like this at other locations over the next few weeks, both morning and evening!

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Life is getting better every day!